Get Your Videos In The Right Format With Miro Video Converter

If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet you may well have considered using it to watch videos. Whether you have ripped videos of your own or acquired them through other channels, the chances are that they are at a resolution that is not optimized for your particular device.

Add to this the fact that videos can be supplied on one of an almost endless number of formats, the scope for something to go wrong or just not look quite right is increased. The aptly named Miro Video Converter can take care of all of this for you.

This free tool is a quick and easy video conversion tool that can be used convert video files into  formats and resolutions that are perfectly suited for a wide range of different device. Whether you have an iPad, a Galaxy SIII or something more obscure, this tool will get you up and running in now time.

Getting Started

You can grab your free copy of the app from the program web site – you’ll be encouraged into making a donation and while this is a great way to support development of the program, there’s no obligation to do so. Installing the app means having to avoid the installation of the AVG Security Toolbar – just click No Thanks to avoid it.

Miro Video Converter is great, but there is a bundled extra to watch out for during installation.

Miro Video Converter is great, but there is a bundled extra to watch out for during installation.

Getting a video into the app can be achieved in one of two ways; you can either click the Choose Files link and browse to the file you want to work with, or you can drag a video file onto the program window. There is support for a wide range of formats including AVI, WMV, H264 and MKV, so unless you are looking to work with something particularly exotic, you shouldn’t encounter any problems.

The range of supported video formats is impressive, although not exhaustive.

The range of supported video formats is impressive, although not exhaustive.

One of the great things about Miro Video Converter is the fact that it can be used to convert multiple files between formats in one fell swoop. You can add multiple files to the conversion queue rather than having to deal with them one at a time.

Save time by queuing up a batch of videos to convert in one operation.

Save time by queuing up a batch of videos to convert in one operation.

Conversion Options

Miro Video Converter includes built in templates for a number of different devices and these are a great way to save time if you happen to own one of them. Towards the bottom of the program window, click the Apple, Android or Other button and then choose the exact device you are converting for from the menu or sub-menu that appears.

Conversion templates for a range of popular devices means that videos can be perfectly tailored to your phone or tablet.

Conversion templates for a range of popular devices means that videos can be perfectly tailored to your phone or tablet.

When you have made your selection, all you need to do is hit the green ‘Convert to x’ button and then sit back and wait while the hard work is done for you. Of course, it may well be that you do not own one of the devices for which there are templates, or you may want to convert video to be used in other ways. If this is the case, you should turn to the Format button where you have the option of customizing things further.

Select Miro Video Converter’s Format menu to access additional options.

Select Miro Video Converter’s Format menu to access additional options.

Going Manual

If you have decided to use the Format menu to choose how your video file should be converted, you’ll probably also want to take a look at the rest of the available options. Click the cog button to the far right of the window and you can access a number of custom format settings.

Can’t find a setting you want to use? Create your own.

Can’t find a setting you want to use? Create your own.

To specify your own video resolution – which is a good idea if you want to take greater control over the size of the finished product – click the Custom Size box to the left hand side of the bottom portion of the window. You can then use the Width and Height fields to indicate the resolution you’d like to use. This can result in video being squashed or stretched, so you will probably want to ensure that the aspect ratio is correctly set.

Tick the Custom Aspect Ration box to the right and then choose from one of the three options – 4:3, 3:2 or 16:19. When you’re happy with the settings you’ve chosen, click the cog button again to hide the configuration section of the interface and then click the ‘Convert to Custom’ button.

Choose your own resolution and aspect ratio if the preset options don’t suit.

Choose your own resolution and aspect ratio if the preset options don’t suit.

Summing Up

That’s pretty much all there is to the program. This may not be the most feature-packed video conversion tool available, but it is certainly the tool that gets the job done with the least effort.

What are your preferences when it comes to converting videos? Are you a fan of tools that keep things simple like Miro Video Converter, or are you looking for something that gives you more options and greater control over the conversion process. Let us know your thoughts and share your favorite apps in the comments below.


  • Leah

    This was an extremely informative post! Thanks for that.. I’ve never heard of that app. I have the RealPlayer android app and have been extremely happy with it. http://www.real.com/resources/realplayer-android It’s been exactly what I’ve needed for my music, videos and photos but most of all it was super easy to install and navigate which was a must for me.

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